Sunday, October 7, 2012

Four New Bertolli Entrees Give Away!


The frost was on the pumpkin here this weekend, or at least it was on the grass of the local park I walk in every morning, as you can see by the photo above.  When the temperature begins to dip towards freezing in autumn, I begin to crave comfort foods like stews and homemade soups.  I usually prepare my own, but lately I have been busy getting my house in top notch condition to sell, and then doing house showings.  This is why I was very excited when Bertolli foods offered to send me four wonderful new frozen entree products to try and review!



The people at Bertolli sent two of their newest frozen Meal Soups for 2 -- Ricotta and Lobster Ravioli in a Seafood Bisque, and Italian-Style Wedding Soup.  If you remember I reviewed their Meal Soup for 2 line at  an exclusive New York City event on this post, and these two new soups are a wonderful addition.




The Ricotta and Lobster Ravioli in a Seafood Bisque Soup Meal Soup for 2 was heavenly! All I had to add is a cup of milk and heat the frozen soup in a saucepan until it was warm and bubbly.  The rich seafood bisque was full of diced celery and carrots and a multitude of bite size ravioli.  It was gourmet quality, and as a lover of seafood, I know this was a soup I'd order if I saw it on a restaurant menu, so it was a wonderful treat to be able to have it at home.




The Italian-Style Wedding Meal Soup for 2 contains mini meatballs and spinach, carrots and ditalini pasta in a savory broth flavored with bacon pieces.  This is far superior to any canned Italian Wedding Soup I have tried in the past, and had a wonderful homemade quality. I served it with a light sprinkle of Parmesan cheese on top, which is the way my husband likes it. He actually told me it reminded him of the soup his mother used to make, which, in my opinion, is the highest compliment anyone could give to Bertolli!  Yes, it's that good!



The other two frozen entrees Bertolli sent for me to try was their brand new Classic Meal for 2 Risottos. If you have ever made risotto at home you know it takes a lot of attention as it has to be stirred frequently, and the recipe's liquid has to be added frequently as it cooks to keep it creamy. I wondered if a frozen product would taste as good as something that requires so much attention when it is homemade.



The Bertolli Classic Meal for 2 Garlic Shrimp Risotto is Italian style rice and shrimp with zucchini, yellow squash and red peppers in a white wine cream sauce flavored with a hint of garlic.  I was very impressed with the crispness of the vegetables.  They tasted as if they were chopped fresh, minutes before. Plus, the amount of succulent tender pink shrimp in the risotto was generous and they were of good size. The rice was tender and creamy and I was impressed with the quality. This was truly a risotto that would have taken me more than an hour to prepare, yet it cooked up in my skillet in about 12 minutes!
 

The Bertolli Classic Meal for 2 Roasted Chicken Risotto was outstanding! The generous chicken pieces in the risotto had a savory slow roasted taste and the Parmesan cream sauce was filled with chunks of portobello mushrooms and slices of crisp asparagus. It truly was of of fine gourmet quality, very rich and creamy and delicious! It was a hard choice, but I think this was our favorite of all four entrees!



Thank you Bertolli, for saving me time at this very busy time of my life, and treating me to your delectable new frozen entrees.  I am going to fill my freezer full of them to make sure I have quick and delicious meal in a flash whenever I need one!

Bertolli has been kind enough to offer to send four coupons to a lucky reader of my blog, that can be redeemed in your store for Classic Meals Entree for 2, or Meal Soups for 2, of your choice and combination. I will chose the winner by using the random number generator at Random.org from all the comments I receive below on Sunday, October 14, 2012, and I will announce the winner on this post.  Just tell me what Bertolli products you think you'd like to try first! Good Luck!


*10/15/12: The winner of the Four Free Bertolli Entree Coupons as picked by Random.org was # 34.  Counting down from all entries I saw there was one double entry, which I did not count, so the winner was Lisa of Grandma's Briefs. Congratulations, Lisa!  Please send your name and address to me by e-mail and I will send them to Bertolli, who will mail out the coupons to you! Thank you to all who entered.  I do hope you will try these new entrees very soon as I think you will enjoy them as much as I did.

I also wanted to thank everyone for your wonderful best wishes on my wedding anniversary post! We had a quiet, but happy celebration. We've also shown our house quite a few times, and have had positive feedback from all who have seen it, but no offers as yet.  I'm beginning to realize that selling may take longer than we anticipated in this market, but in the meantime I am continuing to de-clutter and minimize my belongings so when we do sell it will be easier to pack.  Our realtor is also going to begin hosting "Open House" viewings on a few upcoming weekends, so hopefully that will bring the right family who will fall in love with our house. This also means I'll have more fun places to show you in New York City, so stay tuned!

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38 comments:

Sara said...

I have to go with the Roasted Chicken one - especially after seeing it had asparagus!!!

Sorry I haven't been around in a while - but, I'm back now!

Cherry Chick said...

Pat ...I had the garlic shrimp risotto just this past week. I really liked it and I'd definitely get it again. I added in a few extra shrimp that I had purchased on my trip to the grocery store.. I do like their frozen food.

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Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Hi Pat, isn't that nice of Bertolli! I would definitely say The Ricotta & Lobster Ravioli in a Seafood Bisque Soup Meal Soup for 2 would be my 1st pick!

Good luck to me! LOL!!!

Barbara F. said...

Pat, I really enjoy the Bertolli frozen entrees. I would be happy with any one of these soups. The lobster ravioli really sounds good, but I love Italian wedding soup, too! xo (P.S. Belated happy anniversary to you and Vinny)

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

The soups sound great Pat! It's been cool here too, I lit my first fire last night. I'd love to try the roasted chicken one. Have a great week:@)

Daphne Bryson said...

Good Morning Pat, I have to say I liked the look of the Ricotta and Lobster Ravioli it looked delicious, but when I scrolled down I thought the Wedding soup would be delicious aswell, what to choose, what to choose it's a dilemma! They all look so tasty. Have a lovely day. Best Wishes Daphne

Snap said...

Good morning Pat! Lovely post that made me hungry! I'd love to try the risotto.

Old Kitty said...

All the best with your house sale!!! Fingers crossed someone will fall in love with it soon!!

Take care
x

ellen b. said...

I continue to pray for the sale of your home when God puts you on my mind Pat! Looking forward to see your adventures while the realtor is having open house!

Vee said...

I'm surprised that your home hasn't been snatched up. That's what we used to hear about NY properties all the time...that one had to be quick. Different times now, of course. Still wishing you a quicker sale than you think it might be.

We tried this brand when you first mentioned it and we loved it. It's not something that we should eat often because of diet restrictions, but it certainly is convenient and delicious.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'd love to try the roasted chicken risotto. I could eat some right now! I posted some pics of some of my family today...hope you can stop by my blog and 'meet' them! Hugs!

Carol said...

Am I still eligible? I loved the soups last time, I'd love to try the chicken risotto! Just saw on the news that Colorado already got some snow. Good luck, keep your shovels :)

Chatty Crone said...

I didn't even know he had any soups or food out!

Glad you had a wonderful anniversary.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

That food all looks so yummy. I am on such a retricted diet right now I can't eat anything. :-(

I am so glad to hear your house is showing. That's good news. I hope you get a buyer soon, Pat.

Glad you had a good anniversary, too. Sending you hugs across the miles. I wish it would cool off here. My AC is running full blast.

Love you...

XO,

Sheila

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Glad you had a lovely anniversary!

I hope your home sells quickly for you. The open houses will surely help.

The meals look delicious! It's always fun finding something new to try.

Jenny said...

I didn't know they had risotto, too!

I would totally love trying that!

I will have to look at the store for it this week!

Glad your anniversary was sweet!

podso said...

I'm thinking about the roasted chicken risotto. I love Bertolli products.

Seems like the housing market has picked up a bit-- at least here ... and with such great interest rates I'd think that would be an asset to your house sale, which I hope happens soon! May you be surprised!

Kim, USA said...

That looks so yummy!! I want to have those lol!

Kim,USA

Susie said...

Pat, I may have to try those soups. They looked very good. I know you must be so busy. I wish you the best. Smiles, Susie

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Meals like this are perfect for when you're strapped for time in the kitchen (like preparing a house for sale!). They all sound delicious, Pat.

Best wishes for a speedy sale!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Pat - I'm usually skeptical of these kinds of packaged foods, but on your recommendation I plan to try that ricotta and lobster ravioli bisque.

The Gathering Place said...

I love fall and all the comfort foods that go with it. Soup is one of my favorite foods!~ Yummy!

Happy@Home said...

They all look so good. I think the soups look homemade, not watery like canned soups often do. I think I'd like to try the roasted chicken and either of the soups.
Belated anniversary wishes to you and your hubby. I will be keeping my fingers crossed for your home to sell soon. Those showings get old fast. I look forward to seeing your new home in Colorado.

latanya t said...

Italian style wedding soup.

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La Petite Gallery said...

It all sounds delish. I will have to pick up that Lobsta stew this week.
I am so busy this month and now my thigh bone is hurting again. Renee is comming to Maine, Hope she gets here for the fall leaves.
I know moving can be hard, take it easy.
lOVE YOU PAT!!!
YVONNE

Claudia said...

We just had our first frost and I also turned to comfort foods. Only haven't been home to create them! Just looking at Bertolli's soups made my heart yearn.

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

I'm hoping your house sells soon...though I rather like the idea of you being out-and-about in the city while the 'open house' is happening. You take us to the most interesting places.

The soups look amazing!

eileeninmd said...

Hi Pat, these Bertolli meals sound delicious. I would like to try the Seafood bisque and the Garlic Shrimp Risotto. Thanks for sharing your reviews.

eileeninmd said...

Hi Pat, these Bertolli meals sound delicious. I would like to try the Seafood bisque and the Garlic Shrimp Risotto. Thanks for sharing your reviews.

GailO said...

You certainly made all those meals sound and look so delicious!

Betsy Adams said...

Both soups look delicious, Pat. I'm not sure which one I would enjoy the most--so guess I'll have to try them both...

Sounds like you are doing great.. Glad people are at least looking at your home. It won't be much longer 'til it is sold...

Keep those photos coming.
Hugs,
Betsy

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Those soups look just the job.

Andrea said...

My picks would be the two soups.
They look really good.
Thanks for the chance.

Julie said...

mine would be the garlic shrimp
thansk
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Lisa @ Grandmas Briefs said...

Aw, I missed your anniversary post. Will read it right after this. Those Bertolli meals look pretty yummy. I've tried the meals, so I'd be interested in trying out the soups. Nothing beats soup on a chilly evening. (I made a pretty good enchilada chicken soup last night for dinner.)
Good luck with the Open Houses. That's how we managed to sell our former home as the beginning of our national economic mess was just starting out. You'll be in Colorado soon, I have no doubt!

Jessica said...

I would love to try the Roasted Chicken Risotto. We eat a lot of chicken:)
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Evelyn Damptey said...

I would like to try the Garlic Shrimp Risotto first because I love shrimp and it looks good!
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Judy SheldonWalker said...

Good luck with the home sale. Sounds and looks like wonderful soup.